I just finished watching the Dateline piece, and I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. Tears of joy that the truth has come out; tears of sorrow for the children who have suffered; tears of pride at Bill Bowen's efforts and how they came into fruition tonight. But most of all, I'm happy because I know in my heart that, were I still an active JW, that segment would have sickened me enough to make me quit. There's no doubt about it at all; it WOULD have made me quit.
I know there must be other JWs whose sense of duty is outweighed by their sense of justice and their revulsion for anyone who would dare to harm an innocent child. These people, I think, would be doubly sickened to find out that their beloved Organization -- "Jehovah's" organization -- has been protecting monsters just to save its own reputation, much like a beast that eats its own young to ensure its personal survival.
At least a few JWs WILL be leaving over this. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But the idea will nag at them until they can't take it any more. Still others who were considering joining will back out now before it's too late.
I'm just a little elated right now, knowing that lives will be changed and saved. My thanks to everyone who had the guts to come forward.
"I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death -- if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach."
-- Professor Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone.